A1 Journal article – refereed
Feeling vibrations from a hearing and dual-sensory impaired perspective

List of Authors: Russ Palmer, Olav Skille, Riitta Lahtinen, Stina Ojala
Publisher: International Association for Music & Medicine
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Music and Medicine
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 3
eISSN: 1943-863X


Working with hearing and dual-sensory impaired clients presents
challenges for music therapy professionals. Feeling and experiencing the
vibrations produced by music help to understand what the concept of
music is. Music and vibroacoustic therapies have overlapping effects.
Music is for listening while vibroacoustic therapy is mainly similar to
physiotherapy. Where vibroacoustic (VA) facilities are not available,
some flexible methods could be adapted. One can use a music centre with
two separate, moveable speakers positioned on a wooden floor to enhance
music vibrations. In conjunction inflatable balloons can be manipulated
by the clients. Balloons can be held towards the sound source and used
to test the variations of the intensity and dynamics of the vibrations
in the room. The choice of music styles plays an important role to
amplify the vibrations and introduce music to the clients. Clients’
feedback was very positive indicating they were able to feel some
musical tones from low, middle and high levels. These methods appeared
to enhance musical vibrations and give some therapeutic experiences,
i.e. relaxation and awareness of musical tones. This approach has been tested over 25 years and the individual feedback supports notions on how tones are felt through the body.

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